Ty’Anne Nelson spent four weeks of her summer studying the Korean language, through a virtual program with ISA and Korea University. Through this program she was able to immerse herself into the Korean language and did everything she could to learn as much as possible in the short amount of time given and while all through ZOOM. Given the circumstances, all programs being made virtual for the 2021 year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, she tried her best to stay focused even though a virtual program. The program, Beginning Korean, aims to set up students with little to no knowledge of the Korean language with the basics of conversation, vocabulary, and grammar. After taking the course the main goal is for the student to be able to navigate their way through day-to-day life in Korea.
Ty’Anne’s original plan when considering the Vira Heinz program was to connect her program with her major of Psychology by analyzing the new environment and culture around her. This now being hard to do, she took this opportunity to learn more about herself and how she handles various situations. Although different from what she imagined, Ty’Anne enjoyed her program and would like to visit South Korea one day to apply her knowledge.